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    The Puritans were English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries who sought to rid the Church of England of what they considered to be Roman Catholic practices, maintaining that the Church of England had not been fully reformed and should become more Protestant.

  2. Oct 29, 2009 · The Puritans were members of a religious reform movement known as Puritanism that arose within the Church of England in the late 16th century. They believed the Church of England was too...

  3. Mar 29, 2024 · Puritanism, a religious reform movement in the late 16th and 17th centuries that was known for the intensity of the religious experience that it fostered. Puritans’ efforts contributed to both civil war in England and the founding of colonies in America. Learn more about Puritanism, its history, and beliefs.

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  5. Jan 12, 2021 · The Puritans were English Protestant Christians, primarily active in the 16th-18th centuries CE, who claimed the Anglican Church had not distanced itself sufficiently from Catholicism and sought to 'purify' it of Catholic practices.

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  6. Aug 10, 2022 · Ken Curtis, Ph.D. |. Updated Aug 10, 2022. Puritans Arrive in America. First came the Pilgrims in the 1620s. They were followed by thousands of Puritans in the 1630s, and these Puritans left their mark on their new land, becoming the most dynamic Christian force in the American colonies.

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    • 1. a member of a group of English Protestants of the late 16th and 17th centuries who regarded the Reformation of the Church of England under Elizabeth as incomplete and sought to simplify and regulate forms of worship.


    • 1. relating to the Puritans: "a Puritan parliamentarian"
  8. The Puritan's main purpose was to purify the Church of England and to make England a more Christian country. History of the Puritans under Elizabeth I, 1558–1603. History of the Puritans under James I, 1603–1625. History of the Puritans under Charles I, 1625–1649. History of the Puritans from 1649. History of the Puritans in North America.

  9. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Below is the article summary. For the full article, see Puritanism . Puritanism, Movement in the late 16th and 17th century that sought to “purify” the Church of England, leading to civil war in England and to the founding of colonies in North America.

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